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    Default RIP Professor Hawking

    Title says it all, end of an era.


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    Default Re: RIP Mr. Hawking

    Told he had 2 years in 1963, he showed them.

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    Default Re: RIP Mr. Hawking

    This is one occasion when you can truly say we have lost a great genius.

    He will now know for certain what the answer is to life's big question.


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    Default Re: RIP Mr. Hawking

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    This is one occasion when you can truly say we have lost a great genius.

    He will now know for certain what the answer is to life's big question.
    Shame he will be unable to share it with his Atari voice simulator.


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    ”I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

    RIP, Professor Hawking.

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    Born on the anniversary of Gallileo's death, died on Einstein's birthday and Pi Day.

    “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

    RIP Professor Stephen Hawking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chriscl View Post
    ”I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

    RIP, Professor Hawking.
    Even Prof Hawking made fundamental errors in his calculations.

    Einstein, being Jewish, had a more open mind on the subject.


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    Default Re: RIP Mr. Hawking

    For anyone who hasn’t read it, I’d urge you to pick up his book, A Brief History of Time.

    It will change the way you think about the universe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    Even Prof Hawking made fundamental errors in his calculations.

    Einstein, being Jewish, had a more open mind on the subject.
    This thread shouldn't turn into a religious argument, but Einstein no more believed in life after death than Hawking did.

    “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, …Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism."


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    I agree Barbus, but Einstein still had a distinctly Jewish perspective of the concept of a God.

    Hawking was (is) a scientific genius and will be remembered along with Newton and Einstein.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    I agree Barbus, but Einstein still had a distinctly Jewish perspective of the concept of a God.

    Hawking was (is) a scientific genius and will be remembered along with Newton and Einstein.
    And Johnny Ball, Gaz Top and Maggie Philbin.


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    This news makes me sad.

    Today, I’m going to look up at the stars and not at my feet.

    'Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings' - Salvador Dali 1904-1989

    I think 'odd' is a good thing. Oddness shows originality, uniqueness and a desire to be different from the masses. Oddness is, maybe, only deemed 'odd' by the majority who are considered less odd but only by their own blinkered observations and understanding. Oddness should never be criticised but be encouraged to nurture, develop individualism and to explore the mind rather than conform to expectation and 'normality'. Many of the world's greatest works of art and prose were born from those minds many considered to be 'odd'.
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    Happy that he hung on for a couple of days or else his memory would have been lost amid the noise and emotion about Doddy's passing.


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    He became a celebrity at a very young age for a finding that people considered groundbreaking.

    After decades of media, public, and academic renown, a much younger scientist, Leonard Susskind, took a look at his theory and told him it was complete bullshit. Hawking could have brushed off this attack on his reputation and life's work and ignored him. Instead, he took a hard look at what Susskind said and revised everything he believed earlier.

    That means the man put the truth over his own ego and status, and was willing to toss aside his life's magnum opus, the very core of his identity, the moment he came across a man with a better argument.

    Massive respect for that.

    RIP

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    It changed my view of the universe alright. I let a colleague at work borrow it. He got fired and never returned it to me. In my universe now I never lend books to people.

    RIP Professor Hawking. You occupied a brief history in time, but the legacy of that time will last much longer I'm sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceman View Post
    Told he had 2 years in 1963, he showed them.
    He put it back to the man!


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    Quote Originally Posted by chriscl View Post
    For anyone who hasn’t read it, I’d urge you to pick up his book, A Brief History of Time.

    It will change the way you think about the universe.
    The biggest selling book that remained unread by most who bought it!
    I borrowed a copy - and read it!
    I am not saying I understood too much of it, but it was revelatory.
    I must get a copy of my own and re-read it.


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    Default Re: RIP Mr. Hawking

    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceman View Post
    And Johnny Ball, Gaz Top and Maggie Philbin.
    You've left out Raymond Baxter... how could you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    The biggest selling book that remained unread by most who bought it!
    I borrowed a copy - and read it!
    I am not saying I understood too much of it, but it was revelatory.
    I must get a copy of my own and re-read it.
    You're not a New Zealander are you? If you are and borrowed it from a woman in the Customer Services team in a Global Computer Software company in the city not long after the book was released. I WANT MY BOOK BACK!

    Did anybody read any of his follow up books? I have the Universe in a Nutshell. I haven't read it in a long time though.

    FYI You can get a free copy of one of his audio books on Amazon if you take a Audible trial.


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    and Jim Bowen RIP

    We really needed to hear Professor Hawking and Professor Yaffle Chucklebutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter make sense of the universe together, very sad we have missed that opportunity


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    Default Re: RIP Professor Hawking

    I can't imagine living life completely immobile as long he did, the patience it must take is unfathomable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O.Tricky. View Post
    I can't imagine living life completely immobile as long he did, the patience it must take is unfathomable.
    yes, being so intelligent and then getting struck down quite young and then coping so well, amazing attitude and character and example to us all


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    Default Re: RIP Mr. Hawking

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm Red Till Dead View Post
    You're not a New Zealander are you? If you are and borrowed it from a woman in the Customer Services team in a Global Computer Software company in the city not long after the book was released. I WANT MY BOOK BACK!

    Did anybody read any of his follow up books? I have the Universe in a Nutshell. I haven't read it in a long time though.

    FYI You can get a free copy of one of his audio books on Amazon if you take a Audible trial.
    Is it done in his voice ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Wolfgang Schnell BSc. PhD. View Post
    Is it done in his voice ?
    After reading what I read in his voice trying to work out why you was asking if it was in his voice, I finally got to the last line and realised you meant the audio book

    To answer your question then, no, it's narrated by someone else.


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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O.Tricky. View Post
    I can't imagine living life completely immobile as long he did, the patience it must take is unfathomable.
    He did say that being wheel-chair bound, and having the computer synthesised voice, he avoided the mind-numbing meetings and ephemera and was thus able to spend far more time actually thinking about his work.
    He claimed it was a real boon to be "disabled".


 

 

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